Huw Richards ★Online Counselling/Psychotherapy★UKCP Approved Supervisor
A registered practitioner with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Psychodrama Psychotherapist, Supervisor, training Supervisor and registered Psychodrama Trainer with the British Psychodrama Association. Approved UKCP clinical supervisor. I have 33 years of combined experience within the NHS and Higher Education sector, working within the specialist areas of Mental Health, Counselling, Psychotherapy practice and clinical supervision.
Please take the opportunity to visit Focus Health Counselling and Psychotherapy Services website for additional details.
I have held External Examiner responsibilities for Specialist Practice with the University of Ulster and have also held the role of External Advisor for the MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at Birmingham City University.
I would be delighted to hear from established practitioners and trainee practitioners requiring expert clinical supervision or to meet the personal therapy components to their courses of professional development. I can offer reduced fees to colleagues in training.
Supervision fees for registered practitioners £65.
Clinical Supervision Testimonial
'The supervision I received from Huw really helped me with my work with children and families. The use of psychodrama enabled me to explore issues within practice, and how my I myself impacted on my work. Using various techniques I was able to gain further insight and awareness into situations, work relationships, and my direct work with families. Huw facilitated me in a safe and containing environment where I was able to explore, experiment and reflect on my practice. Huw gently encouraged and challenged me to work with aspects of my practice that led to greater understanding of situations, and gave me the courage to try new ways of working. I found my sessions with Huw were invaluable to helping me develop as a practitioner working in complex and difficult situations'.
Ross Cormack Noahs Ark Family and Bereavement Services 2011
'There are a number of aspects of my work with Huw that I value. The first is a level of enthusiasm and kindness that seems quite genuine and unforced. From early on in supervision I felt able to take some risks in terms of disclosure to Huw. I also often say to colleagues and friends that Huw does not ‘let me get away with anything’. In this I mean that I will be challenged appropriately, and whilst I wriggle and squirm uncomfortably this is very important to me. There is warmth but this relationship does not feel cosy. I appreciate that Huw will say challenge me to be concrete in my statements about myself- If I say for example (and to caricature myself a little) “I think, perhaps , maybe” Huw will not let this go unnoticed, inviting a level of certainty and sureness that sometimes I am hesitant to embrace.
In addition Huw encourages me to step outside of my comfort zone and to try out new ways of being in ways that have been extremely illuminating. There is something in this active learning which simply gets to places I can avoid through a great deal of verbiage. For example roleplaying a challenging situation with a work colleague opened out solutions that I had been entirely blind to, I simply could not see all my options. It is this aspect of acting out, or role playing, or quite simply playing around with space, and position that really allows me to see things from quite different perspectives. Huw’s requests of me to be specific about how I will take away learning form supervision also heartens me, that whilst enjoyable and challenging in the moment this also leaves a practical trail of usefulness in my day to day life and work.
I still have a paperclip that Huw suggested I use to anchor my sense of being open to my own vulnerability, something which I can lose sight of when outside of the supervisory relationship. It is this encouragement to bridge’ in the room’ learning with ‘out there’ living and working that is precious to me.
Sheena McKenzie Turningpoint 2012
Please take the opportunity to contact me on 07939 061 822 to discuss your supervision requirements or email via the Counselling Directory websiteor visit Focus Health Counselling and Psychotherapy Services website for additional details.